Amazon to hire thousands

The online retailer will recruit permanent and seasonal employees to help push products from new distribution centers.

By Benzinga Sep 7, 2012 2:32PM logo Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesBy Katey Stapleton

Amazon (AMZN), gearing up for a burst of new business after unveiling a upgraded line of Kindle devices Thursday, said it will create 2,000 new jobs as it opens three more distribution centers.

New employees are expected to be placed in computing, management and human resources positions, The Independent reports. Along with those permanent jobs, Amazon will hire up to 3,000 seasonal workers for the holiday period.

The company is aggressively pricing its new devices, which include the Kindle Fire HD with a 4G LTE option and the Kindle Paperwhite. In order to compete against Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG), Amazon will need all hands on deck to fulfill orders throughout fall (the 7-inch Kindle tablets will ship Sept. 14, the Paperwhite will ship Oct. 1, and the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will ship Nov. 20).

"We love to invent. We love to pioneer," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said at Thursday's event, noting that people now want constantly evolving services rather than simple gadgets.

While Amazon strives to do just that -- the company's new Amazon Prime deal sent Netflix (NFLX) shares into a tailspin Tuesday -- Bezos could be hinting at even further improvements around the corner.

Amazon's new distribution centers could offer same-day shipping, much like speedy competitor eBay (EBAY) began doing in the beginning of August. If the rumors are true, Amazon stands to monopolize not only a portion of the tech industry but the online retail shipping industry as well.

With not a drop of bad news tainting the water from which Amazon has seemingly been reborn, shares are rising. The company's stock closed Thursday at $251.38, up more than 2%. Friday, Amazon was up 2.7% in afternoon trading.

Along with boosting investor confidence, Amazon managed to spark assurance in analysts at Bank of America, as the research firm boosted its price target to $281 from $264.

"Amazon is set up well into 4Q; a play on our mobile marketplace theme and should see accelerating growth in 4Q. We also believe positive Street views on a growing distribution advantage & GM growth will outweigh opex margin pressure concerns," Bank of America noted.

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Sep 7, 2012 5:41PM
My grandson will be starting work for Amazon in October and happy to say he lives in Delaware, which, last I knew, is in the good-ole USA!!!!
Sep 7, 2012 4:24PM
Ummm...the person saying that the jobs  are going to be all in the UK is actually wrong.  The 3 new distribution centers that they're referring to are in the U.S. including 2 here in California, one of which is opening in the city that just went bankrupt and has one of the highest unemployment rates in Cali(and the county with even higher unemployment rate is right next door as well) , San Bernardino.  My brother just got hired full time w/ benefits @ the Amazon San Bernardino distribution center & work is supposed to start at the end of September & early October. Starting pay is $12-$14/hr

the website to apply for mostly unskilled amazon jobs is and skilled jobs can be found at the normal site career link.

Sep 7, 2012 4:07PM
This is Great!!! The USA needs jobs. 
Sep 7, 2012 6:22PM
Probley would be a great story if a reporter covered it.  So where are the new distribution centers duh? a real reporter would get the facts.
Sep 7, 2012 5:53PM
I agree!!!!!!
Imagine, creating jobs in the USA so those of us who live here, can work and have money to purchase goods!!!!!!
It is great to see a company where the bottom line profit doesn't dictate all of the decisions ie outsourcing..


No, not all jobs are going overseas.  It has been announced several months ago that Amazon will built a center in Patterson, Calif.  I am 77 years old and retired, but still working part time..  Why, because it fills a need that I have---to be around people, meet people, make friends, etc.  I enjoy people and I am not ready to sit and decay.  I still  like to make a difference.  Patterson citizens are really thrilled.  If you get the chance, okintennessee go for it.. Girl, you can do it.


Sep 7, 2012 6:52PM
None of these jobs are outside the US.  Why be negative about something positive.  I think a lot of Americans would complain if they were hung with a new rope.
Sep 7, 2012 9:38PM

Sure are a lot of posts about what country the jobs are going to be. Now, I know I am half blind, but I didn't see anything in this particular article that said where the new jobs are.


And of course, there can't be one article that don't have posts about the president or politics.

Sep 7, 2012 3:48PM
i've freiends that work for them. they say they are a great compny to work for. if i was't close to 70 i might try to work for them also. thumbs up for amazon.
Sep 7, 2012 7:59PM
Sep 7, 2012 3:27PM

5,000 new and seasonal jobs by Amazon is great news...and just think they built it themselves!  That's grerat for societies thirst for electronics....all Ihave is a small phone powered through a major company and am not interested in getting sophisticated stuff, but HOORAH for those interested.

Sep 10, 2012 11:29AM
Some states will never get these distribution centers - they force Amazon to collect taxes for online sales only if they have a physical presence in their state.  Drop the taxes - get the jobs - and the taxes that come from working men and women.
Sep 10, 2012 1:48PM
These 2000 jobs are being created in the UK, and you know it, why are you still publishing these articles and pretending they are US jobs?
Sep 7, 2012 4:01PM
Sep 8, 2012 9:18AM
mommaof27...if your questions was relative to you being out of work, I certainly pray that you find a job. It's difficult right now in the market place of finding a job...Good Luck and God Speed your journey.
Sep 10, 2012 2:19PM

If you doubt the location of this job announcement just click on the link in the first paragraph and you will see it is a UK announcement by Amazon UK reported by the Independent which is a UK newspaper. Exactly why MSN is carrying this without reporting the location is left to you to judge - maybe the writer holds shares in Amazon and wanted to boost is price?

Amazon US is adding distribution centers in the US also and I would have thought that would have made a better story for a US centric site.

Sep 7, 2012 3:51PM
Yea Booker, they built it themselves.  They created the internet.  They created e-commerce merchant accounts so consumers can use credit cards on-line.  They created shipping companies and mail services to deliver their products.  They even created news and media companies to cover their product announcements and promote their brand to the world. 

They, and every other company that exists today, ride the coat tails of previous commercial, government and private sector companies that created a system in which they can provide products and services to their customers.  And no, they did not build those. 

Stop listening to Rush and think for yourself.
Sep 7, 2012 5:22PM

Hey Cop-

you might want to listen to might learn something. i doubt it though.

Sep 7, 2012 3:31PM
Sounds like none of these 2000 jobs that they are creating will be in the United States.  Am I wrong?  If so I think this detail should have been included in the brief article.  These jobs are in the UK.  That's worth mentioning.
Sep 7, 2012 4:05PM
What a crock. It is the Xmas hiring season and right before the election. Need I say more?
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